Hygge Day

Well it looks like this particular project is going out with a whimper, not a bang. Missed the last three days of blogs, but I’m going to try to finish up these last days of the month. I did learn, though, that I really can’t expect myself to blog on weekends.

Anyway, this weekend was lovely, because on Saturday we had a Hygge Day! Our version of a Hygge Day, at least.

Just real quick, because it’s relevant to the rest of the content of this post, Hygge is a Danish concept that has been sweeping the US for a couple years now. There isn’t a really good translation of the word Hygge, because it’s more of a state of being or a feeling. Loosely, though, it can mean coziness.

The Danes imbue their lives with Hygge as a way of life. Here in the States, Michael and I make a point to try to have a Hygge Day once a month.

For us, a Hygge day means that we limit phone use, we make something warm and comforting for dinner, we do lots of cuddling and movie watching, and we light as many candles as we can. Basically, we just have a cozy day in.

On Saturday, we woke up and, after some cuddles in bed with our cat and dog, I got up, made a cup of coffee and a bowl of cereal, and started watching the news. Getting up and watching the news might not seem all that Hygge, but for me, it’s nostalgic. It’s what I used to do with my mom every Saturday, until I moved out at the beginning of the year.

After the news, we tidied up the apartment (which itself was not super Hygge) because I can’t feel relaxed and cozy if the place is a mess. Then I was very pleased to be able to light a fall-scented candle in almost every room of the apartment and settle into our couch for a movie.

Oh, and to top it off, it rained for most of the day Saturday, which just made it all the more cozy!

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